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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v16

The newest installment (v16) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring motivation-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are an extraordinary and engaged group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?


What’s Interesting? . . .


1. Interesting Read – Motivating Choices 

Finding the answers we seek are in the quality of the questions we ask. Asking the right questions can motivate us to start or stop doing something, move us forward when we’re stuck, or help us understand something more deeply. One of the books I recently read was Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan, author and dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Ryan says, “Posing irresistible questions…is an art worth cultivating.”  He shares five essential questions like “Wait, what?” which is effective for getting clarification or avoiding quick judgments, and “I wonder…?” which fosters curiosity. Specifically for getting unstuck and motivating movement, Ryan suggests, “Couldn’t we at least…?”  This book is a wonderful resource that will add quality questions to your motivation toolbox. 



2. Interesting Perspective – Motivating Action

What do you do when your To Do list overwhelms you? I came across this pin, which adds some lightness to the serious list-makers among us. To tame those long lists, make a “Today” list. Keep it short … really short as in two to three items. Your list’s brevity will boost your motivation, increase your action, and make you feel good about your accomplishments. I can see your success.





3. Interesting Tech – Motivating Mindfulness

Even the busiest among us can make time for mindfulness moments with the Buddhify app. It provides both solo or guided meditations that help even during the most hectic times. If you need a mindfulness work break, are experiencing difficult emotions, are feeling stressed, or can’t sleep, Buddhify has a unique meditation designed just for you. Your pocket mindfulness coach will motivate you to embrace some much-needed Zen.







4. Interesting Product – Motivating Preparedness

It’s challenging to find the motivation to think or talk about death preparedness. It’s a topic that many of us avoid. We know it will happen, but not yet, not now. So we delay preparing. We delay discussing. We delay until it’s too late and we put that burden on our family. Fortunately, Amy Pickard, CEO of Good To Go created the Departure File, which “eliminates stress, guilt, doubt and provides those you leave behind with the certainty of knowing they are carrying out your wishes.” She was motivated to create this product, along with support to go with it, when her mother died unexpectedly leaving no paperwork and hundreds of details to handle. Maybe the Departure File is just the motivation you need to get your affairs in order for your loved ones.



5. Interesting Thought – Motivating Positivity

Sometimes we need a positive reminder to recognize that we can move forward, we can get unstuck, and we can accomplish the goals we desire. To reignite your motivation, use a positivity mantra like “I can” or something else that feels right for you.




What are your interesting finds? Which of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!


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Reader Comments (16)

These are wonderful finds, Linda. I'm particularly interested in finding out more about the Departure File. You are so right - none of us want to have these discussions and having such a file would at least help those we leave behind know our wishes. Thank you for putting this list together!

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- There's a wonderful video with Amy Pickard talking about the Departure File, the background and how she helps people to fill it out. She's a woman on a mission and a very important one too.

July 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

As I become more aware of mindfulness and its importance in my life, I may try out Buddhify. For only $2.99 and with your recommendation, how could I go wrong?

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I found an app called RelaxMelodies which allows you to create different sounds to help you relax at the end of a hard day. It allows you to add layers of sounds, nature sounds, and melody to create the perfect sound just for you. It's on iTunes, but it is also on Android as well.

Great finds, Linda. I also just bought the book you mentioned (Wait, what?). Thanks for the suggestion.

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

This post is always a favorite of mine - I get excited to see what you have found. That button is hilarious... and yet it accurately captures why procrastination is harmful. Who plans to panic? I have a friend in ministry who has built a career on the wonder question. Wondering has been devalued in our society, with the pressure to have ready answers. Yet isn't wondering part of the human experience? We constantly encounter situations and people that are new and intriguing - I think that is a reason for celebration!

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Janet- Kudos to you for increasing your awareness of mindfulness. Back in January, I did a mindfulness training program that was amazing. I love using the guided meditations that came out of that course. But I've also been experimenting with others. And this app really intrigued me...especially the beautiful color wheel. If you do try it, I'd love to know what you think about it.

@Sabrina- Ooooh! The RelaxMelodies app sounds great. Thank you for sharing it. Wait, What? is a quick read, but chock full of great stories and essential questions. I'd love to know what you think of it after you read it.

@Seana- I'm so glad you like this feature. I enjoy collecting things and then relating them to the particular theme of the month. And my "finds" come from all types of that pin. I discovered it at a shop I was in and couldn't resist adding it to my "fidget" collection. But it served double duty for this post. The "I wonder..." question is fabulous. And it promotes curiosity and delving. Ryan says that follow it with "if" and "why."

July 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, you have been a great inspiration in my awareness and pursuit of mindfulness! I will keep you posted.

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- That's lovely to know. Thank you. I wish you all the best as you pursue, pursue, pursue. I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

July 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love your last point about motivating positivity. I exercise in my basement during the week, but run outside on weekends. I always find I need to manifest more positive vibes when I'm running outdoors so when I feel like I can't keep going I start chanting "Go, Sarah, go!" and it somehow works to fuel me on.

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Sarah- Your discipline to exercise daily is inspiring. I LOVE your "chant" that helps motivate you while you're running. It's wonderful that you know what works for you. Go, Sarah go!!!!

July 25, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'll be looking into the book! Thanks for the suggestion!

July 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterElva

@Elva- That's great! I really enjoyed the "essential" questions and hope you do too.

July 25, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the focus on mindfulness that I see in this post. It's a reflection of how mindfulness is incorporated in our culture now. Great new app Buddify to try! Thank you!

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- It's so true. Mindfulness is one of the trends that's been popping up more and more. I'm sure it's a reaction to our digital addictions and intrusion in life. I know I feel a great need to be more centered and aware of moments...and less distracted by the digital dings and pings. How ironic that we have apps (tech) available to help us with that mindfulness piece!

July 26, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, like Ellen, I love the focus on mindfulness. I'm in the middle of an intensive Course on Mindfulness and I'm beginning to practice mindfulness again fairly regularly. I'm intrigued by and look forward to checking out the Buddhify app. Thanks as always for sharing your finds - always such fun and interesting posts to read. : ) Hugs, Andrea

August 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

@Andrea- I'm so excited for you that you're exploring mindulness. I took a wonderful course back in January and it has changed so many things in a positive way. So happy that you're enjoying my "interesting finds." I love keeping an eye out for things that are different, relevant and helpful. I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

If you're interested in reading more, I created a "Mindfulness" section on my blog that currently has about 30 posts that are related to that topic. Have fun exploring! I look forward to seeing yo in St. Louis!

August 11, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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